MLB Notebook: Phillies pull Hamels off waivers

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch in the first inning against the...

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

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Philadelphia Phillies left-handed starter Cole Hamels was pulled off waivers Friday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs claimed Hamels on Wednesday and the two teams had 48 hours to complete a trade. The Cubs and Phillies were unable to strike a deal by the deadline so Hamels was pulled off waivers.

Players can only be exposed to waivers once, so the Phillies cannot trade Hamels until after the season is over.

The Cubs would like to add an elite starting pitcher to their staff since they dealt right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland A's. However, the Cubs reportedly prefer to add pitching via free agency so they do not have to give up top prospects while paying for a huge salary.

Hamels has more than four years left on his six-year, $144 million contract. He is 6-6 with a 2.42 ERA this season. He has 139 strikeouts and 40 walks in 137 1/3 innings.

The Phillies were seeking top prospects in exchange for Hamels.

CUBS ACQUIRE TURNER

The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins for two minor league relief pitchers on Friday, according to ESPN.

The Marlins designated Turner for assignment on Tuesday when left-handed reliever Brian Flynn was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

In 12 starts this season, Turner is 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA.

WHITE SOX TO CALL RODON

The Chicago White Sox could call up No. 3 overall draft pick Carlos Rodon this season.

Rodon, a left-handed pitcher out of North Carolina State, made his high Single-A Winston-Salem debut on Thursday. He threw three scoreless innings at Potomac, allowing two hits, one walk and struck out three.

In five minor league appearances overall (two starts), Rodon has a 4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, nine strikeouts and four walks in nine innings.

White Sox ace Chris Sale made his major-league debut in 2010, the same year he was drafted. There is speculation that Rodon may follow the same route.

However, manager Robin Ventura would not add to the rumors.

"I'm not even going down that far," Ventura said, according to MLB.com. "We are concerned about what's going on right here. If they say he's pitching well enough to come up, then the more the merrier at this point."

If Rodon is called up, it would likely come in September when rosters can expand to 40 players. He has a future as a starter but has been pitching out of the bullpen to manage his throwing load. He would also likely work as a reliever, initially, if he joins the big league club.

HOSMER SHUT DOWN

The Kansas City Royals shut down first baseman Eric Hosmer from baseball activities for the next two weeks, according to the Associated Press.

Hosmer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hand injury last Saturday. He has a stress fracture in his right hand. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

In 409 at-bats this season, Hosmer is hitting .267 with six home runs and 46 RBIs.

MARLINS HOPE TO KEEP STANTON

The Miami Marlins want to lock up star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term contract this winter, but are not optimistic about getting a deal done, according to CBSSports.com.

The club said before the July 31 non-waiver deadline that it had no interest in trading Stanton.

Stanton and the Marlins agreed to put off negotiations for a contract extension until after the season.

Stanton is reportedly happier with the club now than he was two years ago when it traded off several high-priced veterans, including shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle, among others. However, Stanton wishes to play for a perennial contender, which the Marlins have never proven to be.

Stanton, 24, is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

He is batting .289 and leads the National League with 27 home runs, 75 RBIs, 232 total bases and 18 intentional walks.

MOTTE PUT ON DL

The St. Louis Cardinals placed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a lower back sprain.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 1.

In a corresponding move, the club recalled left-hander Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis.

Motte, 32, has a 4.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 22 innings this season. He missed all of last season and a good portion of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former closer led the National League with 42 saves in 2012.

Greenwood has a 4.74 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in nine appearances from an earlier stint with the Cardinals.


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